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December 6, 2013

2013-13 Tonawanda girls basketball preview

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Tonawanda News — “Savanna has worked hard on her defense, and I think she’ll be better and keeping the ball away from the post players,” Hall said. “Paige has been doing an outstanding job rebounding so far. I’m looking for those two underneath to really help us out.”

For the fifth spot in the THS starting lineup, Hall will alternate between a pair of juniors. When he wants speed and quickness he’ll go with a three-guard set which includes Haley Snyder. When he wants size and strength he’ll insert Haley Slater, who played most of last season on JV before getting the call up to varsity late in the season.

On Hall’s bench, which goes seven players deep, sits a unit that does many of the same things the starting squad can do. Guards Dahnea Harrison and Ashley Ostrowski can handle and push the ball, Brittany Slater can really shoot it, Alicia Farrell and Liz Carlson bring toughness and freshman Haley Schoelerman is the perfect combination of size and finess. Schoelerman, a freshman, has been playing guard since she could pick up a basketball, and Hall said she should be a nice addition.

Hall said this year he’s hoping to have everyone on the team together for a full year. He’s hoping that avoiding injuries and getting a little extra push down the stretch will lead the Lady Warriors deeper in the playoffs this season.

In the end, though, Hall said his team’s success is predicated on its speed. Compeau said the Lady Warriors have speed to burn.

“We have a lot of speed on our team,” Compeau said. “Our guards — we’re unbelievably fast, to be honest. Even our forwards are stepping up and beating some of the guards in races at practice.”

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